Saturday, May 14, 2011

Prospect Cemetery Prairie

Thanks to a recent Facebook post from Grand Prairie Friends, we decided take a short ride to Paxton to see some spring prairie flowers. The site is right off the road and one enters though the unlocked memorial gate. There is no path so we just wandered about the cemetery complete with old grave stones lying about. The site has a serious Day Lilly and Iris problem which is being worked on. It was so enjoyable to see plants that once were native to this area that, sadly, one seldom sees any more.
prairie phlox (Phlox pilosasrc)
prairie phlox, Phlox pilosa

false toad-flax (Comondra umbellata)
false toad-flax, Comondra umbellata

yellow star-grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)
yellow star-grass, Hypoxis hirsuta

wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis)
wood betony, Pedicularis canadensis

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)
hoary puccoon, Lithospermum canescens

This site is a reminder of what we have lost. It was sad to see the barren adjacent farm field, the plastic factory across the street, the landscapes of the neighborhood homes and the neglected tombstones lying about. All signs of what our society is up to, except for some folks at Grand Prairie Friends who make an effort to maintain some of the few remaining high quality prairie remnants in our area. The folks at Habitat Home thank you.

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